>> it's really picks up my day. just to be with little children, they're wonderful. much better than any kind of drug you could take. >> reporter: the program that links generations is called, experience corps. 175 students at monroe elementary school take part. >> i feel proud of myself. >> reporter: 7-year-old valentino often works with diane carter, a mother, a grandmother, who comes to monroe five days a week to work with these kids, all unpaid. at least not in dollar bills. >> i see them and they're all, hi, there is miss diane! they coming up, give me a hug and stuff. >> reporter: it's a special relationship that makes the learning fun and effective. >> i know that she is going to help me. >> reporter: the goal is to improve critical reading skills like comprehension and sorting out tough new words. >> whenever i'm with them, they make me feel special. >> reporter: it's win-win, from discovering new favorite books -- >> i like to read the cat in the hat.